The AFL says the tough penalty it imposed on Collingwood player Jaidyn Stephenson for betting on a game has had an immediate impact, pushing the odds of a further player discretion out to over $10.
In a joint statement with betting partners Sportsbet, Easybet, Crownbet, Unibet, Betfair, Neds, William Hill and TAB, the AFL said now was a good time to have a punt on the next player caught, with some special promotions in the offing.
“Pick a player, choose your betting amount, and if your player gets caught before the end of the month, you can double your winnings,” an AFL spokesperson said.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan sad the AFL had sent a strong signal about the appropriateness of betting. “We’ve been very visible about this. At every game, at every telecast, on every AFL website, you’ll see how seriously we take gambling”.